A silver colored metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a rectangle with an irregular lower right corner and divided diagonally from middle left to lower right, blue over silver, and bearing a silver mining pan tipped, draining copper-colored water, and revealing a yellow gold nugget. Arcing across the top, a black triparted scroll inscribed "THE BEST IN THE WEST" in silver letters.
Blue and yellow are the state's colors. The blue area resembles the state of Nevada. The silver mining pan, copper-colored water, and gold nugget reflect the three major metals mined in the state. The gold nugget indicates the location of the school district in the state. The pan also represents the prospector's spirit of the cadets and their dedication to serve.
The shoulder loop insignia was authorized for the Washoe County School District on 8 July 1993.